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Updated Design for the Nagoya NA-701 and NA-771 Antennas

Nagoya NA-701 Old/New ComparisonJust a quick post to let everyone know that the design for a few popular Nagoya antennas has been changed slightly. On the popular NA-701 and NA-771 antennas, the base is now cone shaped, transitioning more smoothly from large to small. The lettering is also different: it is now silver instead of blue with larger print, and the specific frequency range has been replaced with "VHF/UHF".

Normally we probably wouldn't point out such slight cosmetic changes, but we hear frequent reports of "fake" or "knock-off" Nagoya antennas. We just want our customers to be aware that they may be getting something a little different than before, and not to worry. When buying Nagoya antennas, always be sure you're purchasing from an authorized Nagoya dealer (like us!)

Bonus Feature!
A common annoyance with the Nagoya NA701 and NA771 antennas was a "gap" between the radio and the antenna on certain radio models - in particular the mega-popular Baofeng UV-5R. While this didn't hurt performance, it wasn't very pretty and led to many ham radio operators to fill the gap with a rubber washer or two. Well the new design has more of a "lip" at the base, eliminating much of this gap!

New Nagoya NA-701 - Smaller Gap!

20 thoughts on “Updated Design for the Nagoya NA-701 and NA-771 Antennas”

  • Rick

    Honestly, genuine or not, if your Nagoya antenna works to your satisfaction, why worry? The original article was not intended to ignite a controversy or concern about ferreting out fake antennas. It was to inform customers of design changes Nagoya made a few years ago to combat the problem with counterfeit products and to update two models in an apparent response to users who complained about the gap when using them with certain popular radios, such as the Baofeng UV-5R.
    When Nagoya made the change, we realized some of our customers would be concerned about the mismatch of old and new versions of the products. The intent of the article was to assure our customers that our source of the antennas had not changed. We still buy only direct from Nagoya and all of our Nagoya branded product comes directly from them.

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  • Anthony

    So I guess mine is fake? Its the old style as shown in your picture came in an orange bag made in China with silver hologram on it. I guess you never got the old style ones in orange bags made in China? Im just trying to decide whether to buy one from yourselves as my stock antenna works excellent and my Nagoya works as good as that one. I paid about $10 for it so maybe its as good as yours?

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  • Rick

    According to Nagoya, the official packaging for genuine product resembles one of the photos in this article on the web site.
    However, their article was created over two years ago and subsequent shipments have included a mix of "old" yellow packages and "new" green packaging.
    Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Nagoya reseller. We only buy direct from Nagoya, so every Nagoya antenna or other Nagoya accessory we sell is one they shipped to us. If in doubt, look up their list of authorized Nagoya dealers directly from their web site. We are the second company listed.

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  • Anthony

    Just was asking about the packaging as does that tell you if your antenna is fake or not? Ive seen the older and new designs both in the green and both in different color packages? Has anyone got an authentic one in a non green package the older style?

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  • Anthony

    So what does the packaging look like for each antenna the blue writing one and the silver one?

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  • Tom Henery

    I am trying to replace the antenna on my Sainsonic Bagofeng Gt-3TP radio as the supplied antenna is too fragile for everyday use. I have ordered two different antenna only to find while they fit, the will not transmit a signal. The latest was an NA-701 direction Baofeng tech nay to find out this is not there radio but eveidently a knockoff with there name on it.
    Any ideas on a good antenna tha will fit and transmit?

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  • Marc

    I want a Nagoya for my Motorola XPR6550, and XTS radios, but the problem is some aftermarket SMA antenna's do not work with Motorola,
    The SMA antenna physically fit, but electrically there is no cantact on center pin, can anyone advise me please ?

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  • Rick

    Ken, we are an authorized Nagoya dealer. We do not purchase from a distributor or another third party. We only buy direct from Nagoya. Both of the antennas pictured in the article were sent to us by Nagoya, so both are genuine. Nagoya did indeed update their style a couple of years ago, and added the spacer to specific antennas to accommodate radios such as the Baofeng UV-5R. Apparently this was done as a reactive measure to counter the proliferation of fake antennas on the market.
    One item to note: as of the time of this response, the page you linked to on Nagoya's site is dated 1/15/2015. Our article was posted March 25, 2014, nearly a year earlier. Prior to 2014, The Nagoya antennas in question did have a different design and logo. The changes were made a couple of years ago. Our article is accurate and both products depicted in the article are genuine Nagoya antennas. The only difference is that one was manufactured before Nagoya took steps to address the issue of counterfeit product.

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  • Matt Goodwin

    When I got mine last week there was still a sizeable gap that the provided washer did not fix. So I went to home depot and the grommet I bought to fix the problem is UPC/Stock # 588384
    See pics here of the difference...
    http://s1102.photobucket.com/user/iMacKnight/library/Nagoya%20Antenna%20Gap%20UV5R

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  • Andrew

    Hi
    Well like many other I made the mistake of ordering from China.... and it cost me disappointment more than anything else. My so call Nagoya NA771 Is a hole new label of fake. In fact they are no longer trying to hide anything. My antenna clearly states made in china no bones abouit it. It clearly says NAGOYA NA 771 144-430MHZ & WIDE BAND RECEIVING COVERAGE MADE IN CHINA. Well I am the one to blame for that.

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  • Ken

    This info is comforting since I was getting ready to send my Nagoya 771
    back to amazon.
    Thanks

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  • Kevin

    I have a Yeasu Vx-7r, which (old or new) antenna would fit best on my radio. It's very hard to find info on this matter. Thanks

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  • Hiya

    The antenna works for the 136MHz and 520MHz range just fine.
    I have a few UV-5r's and HF8's and can attest the Nagoya 701 and 771 improves my range appreciably.
    The performance difference between the 8" 701 and the 15inch 771 is imperceptible until traversing mountainous territory and contacting distant / semi obstructed repeaters.

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  • Sergio

    i have a baofeng uv5ra 136/520 mhz but the nagoya says only 144/433 but can i still use nagoya in more higher frequencies. im worry

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  • Rick

    Dave, There is a lot of discussion in forums and newsgroups about the differences between a genuine and a fake Nagoya, some of which is based on heresay and speculation. Just because a Nagoya logo is blue doesn't automatically make it a fake. We do not purchase Nagoya antennas from a third party. We are an authorized Nagoya dealer and we only buy direct from Nagoya.
    The photo on the left is a genuine Nagoya antenna that we received direct from Nagoya. The photo on the right is a genuine Nagoya antenna with the new logo, also direct from Nagoya. Both photos were produced by us in-house using genuine Nagoya antennas from Nagoya, as that is who sent them to us.

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  • Dave Frysinger

    In the picture the old Nagoya is a blue label fake. Is the new antenna
    a genuine Nagoya

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  • Bob

    Mine came with a rubber washer which makes the fit super tight.

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  • Rick

    No Paul, the photo was not enhanced. As was stated in the article, "the new design has more of a 'lip' at the base, eliminating much of this gap". Note much of the gap was eliminated, not all of it. However, it definitely alleviates the gap issue on the UV5R and it eliminates it completely on my BF-F9.
    As far as the design change that was mentioned in the article, what you see in the photo is what you get.

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  • KF6FX Paul Robinette
    KF6FX Paul Robinette August 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

    No offense, but that looks like more than a little gap. Did you back it it off a bit to enhance the photo?

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